Christine Bourdette
Chart Room

Drawings

October 7 - October 30, 2010

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Christine Bourdette’s interest in the human condition and the dynamics of social interaction has long been a part of her sculptural practice. Often substituting animal figures or abstract forms for the human body, Bourdette hints at nonverbal communication and emotional expression. This use of “stand-ins” underlines the commonalities in each of our individual experiences. Recently, Bourdette has taken a renewed interest in the human form, most often when viewed from above, and drawing has taken a more prevalent position. Layering aspects of an abstracted landscape with her groups of interacting crowds, Bourdette’s exploration has extended into a form of mapping, observing humankind’s interactions with the landscape as another tool to be used to parse our shared psyche.

Born in Fresno, California in 1952, Christine Bourdette received her BA from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR) in 1974. She has shown extensively nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), The Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX), and The Wentz Gallery at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR). Her work was featured in three Oregon Biennials, and she has permanent public artworks in Portland, OR; Tempe, AZ; Seattle, WA; and many others. In 1992, Bourdette was the first recipient of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award. Since 1996, she has been represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Exhibition Images

Antipodes
Antipodes
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  The Muttering Downstream
The Muttering Downstream
watercolor, charcoal, gouache, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Islands Surrounding Sumatra (Fragments of Memory)
Islands Surrounding Sumatra (Fragments of Memory)
watercolor, charcoal, colored pencil, ink, and ballpoint pen on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Rubicons
Rubicons
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Watershed Moment
Watershed Moment
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Network
Network
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Frontier
Frontier
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
91.5 x 49.5 inches

  Small Bang
Small Bang
watercolor, charcoal, and gouache on paper
41.75 x 54 inches

  Forces of Will
Forces of Will
watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and graphite on paper
41.75 x 54 inches

  Crush
Crush
watercolor, pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink, and oil stick on paper
41.75 x 54 inches

  Known World
Known World
watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and ink on paper
41.75 x 54 inches

  Wading Upstream
Wading Upstream
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
43.5 x 30.5 inches

  Fissures and Voids
Fissures and Voids
watercolor, charcoal, and ink on paper
43.5 x 30.5 inches